Google Photos – My First Look

Google Photos – My First Look


Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you feeling
this fine day? Me? I’m feeling somewhat grateful for all of you out there in the YouTube
channel and I don’t know if I have mentioned it recently. So here I am mentioning it. I’m
grateful that you’re joining us today and I hope that you are happy that you’re joining
us today as well because we’re going to be taking a look at Google Photos, Google’s
new photo-sharing tool that really in my mind replaces an awful lot of the different ways
that I was trying to backup and share and store my photos in the past. So join me today
on DottoTech for Google Photos. Now Google Photos is a fairly new app, at
least when I’m recording this particular demo, and it is a spinoff of Google’s social
media tool Google+. They’ve taken the tool, the photo tools and then kind of spun it out
of Google+ and I think that they’ve pretty much done a great job. Now here’s what we
want from a photo app. We want something that syncs effortlessly with all of our devices.
We want something that gives us control for building albums and other things and hopefully
something that has some built in technology that will help us sort, organize and maintain
our photo collection. Google Photos seems to do all of that.
Now you access Google Photos through your Google account. So if you have Gmail or Google
Calendar, if you look at the upper right-hand side of your browser window when you’re
in that account, you’ll find Google’s application selector which allows us to choose
which app or which of the Google apps we want to use and then you’ll find Photos right
in there. Now you have to set up your photos in Google Photos. You have to set up your
parameters and there are a couple decisions that you’re going to have to make yourself.
The first one is what resolution do you want to store your photos at and this is an important
decision. You can store them in whatever resolution you took the photo and with today’s high
resolution cameras, those can be very large files. If you choose the original resolution
as far as for backing up and syncing using Google Photos then you’re going to be limited
to the 10 GB or so of space that you have with Google Drive. Then if you want to have
more storage, you’re going to have to purchase more storage. You’re going to have to purchase
an upgrade from Google at whatever their going rate for storage is.
If, however, you choose to use Google’s high resolution JPEG images, which are very
good quality JPEGs of the photos you take, in that case you are unlimited in the amount
of storage that you have access to. Now what are you giving up? If you’re blowing up
photos and doing huge, huge resolution, if you’re a pro photographer, you’re probably
not going to choose this. But if you’re taking most of your pictures on an iPhone
and they’re family pictures that you’re sharing on Facebook, you’re sharing and
you’re storing and you’re occasionally printing off, then this resolution is going
to be just fine for you. Now one of the keys to any photo app is how
well it backs up and archives all of our photos. I had a dog’s breakfast in the past for
my setup for photos. I stored some of them in Google and Dropbox, some of them in Google
Drive. I stored some photos in Apples iCloud. They were all over the place and it was a
mess. With Google Photos, when you set up your account, when you set up all of your
devices to sync, you have to install the app on each of your different devices but then
you start something called the Assistant which goes through and looks at your camera rolls,
looks at your photo albums and it syncs all those photos between all of your devices.
It took about two days for my photos to be all synced and I’ve got quite a few. It’s
not all my photos. I’ll be adding photos from the other services over time. But it
takes a bit of time. It’s not the fastest thing in the world but it’s also not super
slow when you consider how much data is being exchanged.
So here we see my Google Photos in my browser window. I’ll show it to you in a moment
on mobility platform on both Android and iOS because so often now we are going to managing
our photos in our phone or on our tablets. But here we see the basic interface. There
are really only two areas that we have to worry about when you start out with Google
Photos. The first is here we’ve got a quick pick access to the kind of the main tools.
Here we see the photos. I’ve got this selected here which is All Photos.
The top one brings us into something called the Assistant. We could also get to the Assistant
by popping out the menu here and seeing access to all of the main tools. What the Assistant
does is first of all, it facilitates all of the syncing between all of your devices. Then
it looks at all your photos and tries to find commonality between them and tell little stories.
It will create little collages for you or animated GIF images. There are like some collages.
As I scroll down, here’s a nice collage of Shana and I. We went to the May Day’s
Parade here where I live. There I took a whole bunch of selfies of us together as the parade
was going by. I was trying to get all the shriners in the background and then indeed
I got them. So there we are with a nice little collage. It pulled all those photos together
for me. Now I never probably would’ve thought of it. I was trying to get one good photo
as I was taking all of these but the collage is kind of nice, don’t you think? So we’ve
got access to that through the Assistant. It also will tell stories, make little movies
for you and that sort of stuff. So it’s kind of fun, I think.
Now one thing about using Google Photos is it’s geography-dependent for some of the
features that are in it. It has to follow the laws of the land of wherever you live.
So one of the tools, which I think is outstanding is in the United States, it has built-in facial
recognition. It will go through and once you’ve identified this as Steve Dotto, it will then
look for other instances of me and pull me all together and find me in other photos.
That is a phenomenal technology, and from every indication that I hear, incredible to
see, but I can’t show it to you. Why? Because the laws in Canada for facial recognition
are different than in the States and we don’t have access to that tool here in Canada. Nor
do you if you live in Europe. Only in the States and I’m not sure what other jurisdictions
allow it. But eventually, hopefully, our laws will change or they’ll figure out how it
all works. But there are going to be some features that are available in some countries
that aren’t available in other countries. That’s just the way it is in today’s international
online world. Looking at the photos themselves, as you would
expect with any photo editor, you can pop into the photo, you can share the photo into
your main social networks, get a link that you can share the photo with because it’s
all of course stored in the cloud. You can go in and you can edit the basic kind of color
and the basic parameters within the photos, add some basic filters, that sort of stuff
to the photos. Get information about the photo, where it was taken, the name of the photo,
that sort of stuff. So you have all of that sort of access right within the tool. And
we’re just skimming the surface of the tool. We’ll look at it in a little bit more detail
and some of the features but whatever features I can show in the future here on the channel.
But before we get too far into it, I want to pop over and I want to show you Google
Photo in Android and in iOS. If you’re looking at the screen right now, on the blue one here
that I’m just activating right now is the Android version of this. It’s actually my
Samsung Note Edge smartphone which I quite like. It’s got a nice huge screen. There’s
Google Photos on the screen. If we take a look right here, I have the menu popped open,
but we see the same photos all synced. As soon as you take a photo on it and you go
into the Assistant, it will start a sync process for us. Let me just go back there. Sorry.
If I tap on the Menu tool, which those little bars at the very top, we see the menu available
to me of all of the different tools that are available. So the Assistant is there and it
will do the same things here as it was doing on the desktop version. It’s creating those
collections of photos, doing that sort of stuff. But if we take a look at the menu itself,
let’s switch over to the iPhone here and I have my iPhone 6+, here I’ve got Google
Photos right there. I open Google Photos and looky, looky, looky, the exact same menu system.
As a matter of fact, this is one case where when you look at it in iOS and you look at
it in Android, you can’t tell the difference. I certainly can’t tell the difference.
Do I think Google Photos is going to be the best photo sharing application on the planet?
I don’t know. But it’s one that you should take a look at. You have access to it for
free with your Google account. So I encourage you to download it onto your different mobile
devices and set up a sync and see if it works for you. For me, the beauty is as soon as
I take a photo, regardless of what device it’s on, I have access to it on all of my
devices and I know that it’s backed up. So that peace of mind alone and that convenience
alone works for me. And the price, you can’t beat free.
I hope you found today’s video to be useful. There are three ways to stay in touch with
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100 thoughts on “Google Photos – My First Look

  • June 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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    But the question is how much we can trust Google?

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  • June 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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    Super grateful for your show! Gonna plan a marathon weekend and update myself on all this good stuff. Nice!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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    When it comes to my images, I DESPISE anything that attempts to use it's own criteria to sort/group them together.  Let me make a folder with a name of my choosing, dump a bunch of pics in there and allow me to view it's contents via thumbnails or date taken, geo tag etc.  But DON'T do any organizing on your own accord. 
    That said, I do like the idea of cross platform synching.  I will check this out, if for no other reason that to determine whether or not I can turn off any semblance of "auto" grouping of images.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm
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    Thanks for bringing Google Photos to our attention. I can always count on you to have dummy-proof explanations on Apps that can simplify our lives.  It works for me!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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    Please make a "What's on my iphone" video.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 7:28 pm
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    Great video Steve. Have you found any compelling reason this would be the preferred photo app in the iOS eco-system? It seems to do the exact same thing iPhoto does with cloud storage, etc. Right now, I sync betwenn my iPhone, iPad and Mac. Is google photo available for my Mac in addition to the mobile platforms? Thanks for always finding interesting content!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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    Nice review. Thanks Steve.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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    Thanks Steve great video

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  • June 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    Great Service. At this moment I am paying iCloud storage for syncing and cloid storage.

    Still have'nt decided if I am gonna trust Google. Even when I am not that big privacy goeroe.

    I guess my main reasons is the limitation of sized pictures. Even when I am probably not gonna get to the "max" what you get for free.
    But hey, free ?? There is no such thing

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  • June 26, 2015 at 2:25 am
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    Thanks for the practical tips!  I love your educational videos!

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  • June 26, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    Did you see the IO? (at least the replay?)

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  • June 26, 2015 at 7:41 am
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    I love the app
    Thx                .

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  • June 26, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    Thanks for an interesting review. I use iPhoto as I make an iphotobook every year with my photos. Not sure how this would be better than using iPhoto.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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    Great review! One issue that for me is a real negative is that they've done away with the ability to Chromecast from the app. In their old version (which have not upgraded on my 4) had the ability to cast your pictures or a slide show. This was a huge feature for me. Other than that, I think it's a great app.

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  • June 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    Great video as always, keep up the good work! Looking forward to the in-depth tutorial. Many thanks.

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  • June 28, 2015 at 4:11 am
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    The main concern I have is that I do not have my photos with me, in my computer. They are in the cloud. If someone steal my password…well it would be a tragedy. Google launched a tool to upload the photos from the computer to the cloud. But there is no tool TO SYNC the photos from the cloud and the hard drive. Also if I take a pic with my phone it remains in the cloud and not syncs to my pc. Ok, I can download it, but how to know which ones I have and which ones haven't. It is not practical. Maybe they will launch a Picasa style program that SYNCS. That would be great.

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  • June 28, 2015 at 5:41 am
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    Great help out video.  Sir, what are your impressions about permissions required to this app in android.  I found some of them unnecessary and there are some issues that are being discussed everywhere.

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  • June 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    Thanks for sharing another video (especially the fact that it's google, I love google)! I love everything about this photos all, and have used it for a long time. The only critisiscm I have is that on the bar on the left, the assistant is at the top, and not 2nd/3rd.

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  • June 29, 2015 at 10:24 am
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    HI Steve, – Is there any relationship between Google Photos and Picasa? Do you see any merging possibilites of there two apps?

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  • June 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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    Thanks Steve.  It would be interesting to compare this to Amazon's Cloud Storage for pictures.

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  • June 29, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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    Thanks, Steve at @dottotech. I heard about Google Photos, but haven't had a chance to look into it. This was very helpful. Please keep 'em coming!

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  • June 30, 2015 at 2:54 am
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    Picasa on the desktop had facial recognition a few years ago (I live in Canada). I had thousands of photos on my computer and Picasa did an AMAZING job of identifying faces, even in old photos of younger years. That being said, my hard drive failed and when re-installing Windows, I never bothered re-installing Picasa.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm
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    I really like the collage/movie function. Google creates a story for me from my pics & vids, and it's easy to share.

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  • July 2, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    I really appreciate all the good work you do. I wonder if there is any feature that allows to find duplicates. I have about 100K pictures from different sources. Many are duplicates from sharing and uploading again. I wonder if the new Photo app of Apple will have this feature?

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  • July 4, 2015 at 11:10 am
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    Great video… but you need to answer the question – Google Photos vs. Flickr? And if the answer is Google Photos then is there a convenient tool to help move photos from one to the other?

    Thanks

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  • July 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    This was super helpful thanks!

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  • July 6, 2015 at 9:18 am
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    Very useful, Steve! A question for your future in depth look at Google Photos: since all devices are synced, what happens when you delete photos from your Android phone to free up space? Do they vanish from Drive as well?

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  • July 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    Steve, what about using a VPN that would hide your Canadian location so Google would allow person recognition of their faces?

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  • July 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    Great training Steve Dotto! Thank you.  QUESTION: Do you still need Picasa and will photos still sink with iphoto on my Mac once sync with Google Photos app is set up?

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  • July 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Q @dottotech I use my iPod for videos and I see that Google Photos has pulled them into the app. Is it safe to delete the videos off the phone now? Thanks in advance for responding.

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  • July 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm
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    @dottotech Steve, for the first time I must respectfully disagree.  I've been really struggling with the shortcomings of Google Photos
    The video is a great overview and explanation of the service and it may work well for many many users.  I'm hopeful this is just the 0.1 version of what will grow into a great service in the future. 
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    To clarify, Google+ photos still exists and has all the excellent editing tools that I have grown to love.  You have to get there from the new Google Photos, so it's a little awkward but well worth it. In the new Photos there's no ability to edit to location of the photo, which I really miss because I create lots of google maps, also the exif info doesn't show either (which camera, iso, lens etc). The workaround is to go to the Google+ version of the same photo and change it there, doable, but clunky.

    I also just really don't like my photos stored by date.  It's not how my brain works, and yes the search is good, but it only retrieve limited results.  In other words, searching for fireworks in my collection doesn't find all of them, and that's frustrating.  The Google+ photos kept a virtual folder of all pictures from my phone, but in Google Photos everything is one big mish-mash.  

    Steve, do you know if the mobile photos actually sync'd to the device?  Or are those just links to the cloud?  Which would mean I can't get to them when offline.  If it is the actual photo, my phone would explode, I don't have that kind of storage.  I'm not able to test that on my own because I'm resisting the mobile upgrade as long as possible, but the warning messages about upgrades are already starting to appear. 

    Autoawesome is just that and I'm a bit of a self-confessed junky, and is one of the reasons I have so many photos in Google Photos already.  And it is handy to have all my photos from my phone safely stored in the cloud however uploading my existing collection is not an option for me.  But that could change as the product continues to mature.   

    I do love the new ability to share directly to Facebook and Twitter and the increase in storage is a big bonus, so fingers crossed that this is the start of something wonderful.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 8:13 am
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    I'd stick with Picasa

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  • July 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm
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    can you do a segment on importing google calendar into your webpage? I am using wordpress for my website.  I want a calendar that several people in my organization can see the calendar, get updated meeting, seminar etc. information with direction and a web page/link if needed.  Thanks

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  • July 17, 2015 at 1:16 am
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    Is it possible to tag the photos?  For Example, I didn't have my location on during a trip last year.  I wanted to tag them with the location.

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  • July 20, 2015 at 12:52 am
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    I enjoygreat outdoors nature, keep it rolling!

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  • July 24, 2015 at 3:18 am
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    If your're in canada or any country that isnt USA theres a way to get the facial recognition (for android) 

    1. Go to your Android phone settings, select “Apps”, then select “Photos” under the “Downloaded” section and click the “Clear Data” button to reset your Google Photos app.

    2. Go to the Google Play store and download TunnelBear or Hola or any of your favorite VPN apps.

    3. Open the VPN app and connect. It will essentially trick Photos into thinking that you are connecting from US, a country that is supported by Google Photos for facial recognition.

    4. Open the Google Photos app, scroll past the wizard screen and then under Settings, enable the option that says “Group Similar Faces – Auto Group photos by matching faces.”

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  • July 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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    Hello Steve when I upgraded to the new Google photo app my computer went weird actually my tablet went weird but I don't know if that was the problem or not but in any case. I didn't like that you couldn't Comcast the photos anymore in the new Google photos and the editing tools weren't any better. I had to do a factory reset on my tablet and I got back the regular Google photo program which I like a lot better they keep trying to get me to upgrade to the Google photos new app but so far I'm resisting because i had seen it and didn't like it. Will they be cutting off that old app. Do you think? I pay the $3.00 a mouth to store my photos at Google because I never really know how big the photos are…and I don't want to loose any. Someone told me that Spider oak was a better place to backup photos. Any thoughts?

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  • August 6, 2015 at 7:22 am
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    oh man… dottotech… i use to watch you on Ch 13 up here in vancouver!!!

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  • August 11, 2015 at 9:31 am
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    Loved the video. Keep up the great work, it would be awesome if you could check out our channel and possibly subscribe.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 5:11 am
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    hi

    would like to know how to delete unwanted photos from google photos as i dont seem to find multiple selection button.
    my phone seems to transfer any thing and every thing to google photos

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  • August 16, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    can google photos save my pictures I take automaticly to my pc?

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  • August 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm
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    my phone wont download the photo app

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  • August 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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    Thanks

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  • August 25, 2015 at 4:15 am
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    Keep up the great work, we liked the video, it would be fantastic if you could check out our channel and possibly subscribe

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  • August 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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    They made it MORE OF A MESS NOW
    I can not find most of my photos

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  • August 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm
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    Hi Steve. Wow this sounds great. You are really a good techy guy fellow Canadian. I just found your channel. I have a quick question if you could help me out without me going out and doing all the research. Can I use this google photos to send a link (like dropbox) to a folder of photos say to give a client a sneak preview of photo I have taken for then…..before I do the final delivery to them? Can I just email them a sharing link? do they have to have a google account? Thanks and keep up the good work. Cheers 🙂

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  • September 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm
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    Thanks for sharing.

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  • September 15, 2015 at 5:49 am
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    Nice but a bit boring video!

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  • September 16, 2015 at 6:37 am
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    My question Is. When I upload photos to google, will the public be abel to see them or just me ?

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  • September 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm
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    My question is, once all my photos from my phone are backed up into Google Photos, am I safe to delete the pictures from my camera roll (I have an iPhone 5s) knowing that i will be able to look at them in photos? Also, once I upgrade my iPhone, am I going to be able to take some of the pictures from Google Photos and put them into my gallery on the new iPhone?
    Thanks for any info.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 4:38 am
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    I have a question. I may take a picture and wish to keep it only in my photo gallery on my phone and not on google photos. In other words, I may not necessarily want every picture backed up and wish to be selective. In the interest of saving space how can I be selective of what I want backed up yet not lose them from my phone photo gallery

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  • October 5, 2015 at 1:45 am
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    question. Do you know, if you have multiple google accounts (blogs/website content etc), can you separate where google syncs files/photos/vids from? For one account, sync from 'here', and for another account, sync from 'there"? does it have that capability?

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  • October 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    too bad that it's messing up the quality, especialy for the old low resolution camera videos that already look shity, they make it look even worse. With new hd videos and hi-res photos straight from the phone the quality is acceptable.

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  • October 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm
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    please ,could you make video on how to upload a photo from google photos to Facebook?

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  • November 2, 2015 at 4:03 am
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    Good vid, but I'd like to make one point (or raise an issue): the biggest I see is that when you want to organize your pics in Photos, you can add them to folders. If you have a bajillion pics like many of us do, it's easy to forget which ones you added where. If a pic that is showing in your standard "photos" area would show WHERE it currently sits (in which album/s) you would know "Oh, I don't have to organize this one into a folder… it's already done."

    It's a small issue and it's possible there is a workwround (or I am thinking about it too much) but for me it's annoying. Otherwise, I love the service. It's worth it to pay for space as well.

    Subbed!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    Hi Steve, thank you for all the videos. Do you have a video about Shoebox? Gracias

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  • November 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm
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    Great video, thanks. There is something I didn't understand.  I have a Hard Drive with more than 10G of pictures organized in Folders per date taken. Will Google photos upload my folders with the pictures inside and keep the names? Tks.

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  • November 16, 2015 at 7:11 am
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    Thanks for bringing Google Photos to our attention. I can always count on you to have dummy-proof explanations on Apps that can simplify our lives.  It works for me!

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  • November 20, 2015 at 9:06 am
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    Hi Steve. I want to use google photos for making holiday albums. I make the selection of photos on my Mac, and want to upload them to google photos. But, how do I have to make my iPhone settings that way that my iPhone does not add automatic all of the photos taken with my iPhone to google photos? Every time I have to clean out google photos to remove pictures I do not want to appear in google photos (I hope my question is clear, English is not my native language – I am from Belgium….)

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  • November 27, 2015 at 4:22 am
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    this tool is safe? I mean there is any hack way to someone see my entire stuff?

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  • December 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    Ai Old Khatas . Ha Ha Ha

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  • December 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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    emailing photos, tablets or smart phones, when you click share gives you an option gmail. on the website, you only have google plus, facebook or twitter. any way you can add share options for website useage on the pc ?

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  • January 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    hi steve, I've been trying to get an answer for this question but can't seem to get it… thus far. Would you know if there a way to use Google Photos and its backup capability but WITHOUT synching? Basically, I would like the flexibility of backing up my photos in the cloud, but then also be able to free some space on my android device, without loosing those pictures (which would occur with synch functionality). Any idea how that could be done? thanks!

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  • January 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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    Thanks for the overview. From a production standpoint, Google Drive seems to be better for organizing photos (i.e., you can create a folder structure), but it's a shame that Google Drive and Google Photos don't integrate with one another.

    I'm still trying to figure out which service to use for our humongous photo library that's shared by multiple graphic designers and pro photographers but this is the reality, from a Google Photos help expert:

    "In short, there is no way to synchronise your Photos albums (or other collections) and your Drive folders. The photos are visible in both, but the organisation is independent."

    Apparently, if you want to transfer Drive photos to Google Photos you have to download and re-upload.

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  • February 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm
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    once again thanks for a v helpful video. ive started using Google photos but I still like to use Flickr as my main back up as they give me a v generous 1TB of storage for free. its great. my not use both?

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  • February 11, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    in my Computer I have Google photo's but I can't make any Movies

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  • March 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm
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    Thanks for great video, I just need help. I have backed up my photos to Google photo and did a factory reset to my phone. afterward I went to Google photo and can't really find most of the photos I backed up, I was only able to see some videos and some SD card photos. do you think you can help? plzzzz…

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  • March 31, 2016 at 9:30 pm
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    Hello dottotech. I would like to ask you something.
    Suppose from an android mobile phone, you log in to your Google account from G+ app. You open menu "Assistant" "Photos" "Collections" "Shared folders" "Trash" "Settings" "Help & feedback". In settings, you have disabled "Backup and Sync". With all these fact, choosing for the first time in mobile menu the "Photos" selection, on the android screen it says "Updating library", and it shows a running bar. This bar does not stop, it is something like stuck, if we take granted the fact that the phone has about 300 .jpeg photos, but of only 40MB. Even if making a phone restart, the bar was still there, running, when I went to the same point. The bar stopped making something like refresh on the screen (you know, refresh method on mobile phones – finger on the screen from top-down).
    Now, if I go to a pc, open a web browser, log in to my Gmail account, and then choose "Photos" from Google apps on the up right corner, then I go to Google Photos, in the menu "Assistant" "Photo" "Albums", if I chose "Photos" it says "No photos", and I see no photo from my phone. At this point I would like to say once again that "Backup and Sync" toggle switch on the mobile phone settings was set to off.
    The question, after all these fact, is:photos are still local only in the phone?
    Thank you!

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  • April 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    /Subbed – like the quality

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  • April 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    Blah , Blah, Blah,,, can you just tell me one thing about managing photos? Like how do you setup a folder… Folder not all photos in one big time stamped area. I have folders setup from when my kids were born. This app is useless to that fact.

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  • April 30, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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    Is it possible to email one of the my google photos or videos ?

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  • May 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    Google Photos is a decent product, but Google's commitment to its products isn't the best. Just look what happened to Reader. First they neglected it for years and then they killed it because "nobody" used it. I'm sure its userbase was x10+ larger than that of Google Plus.

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  • May 7, 2016 at 10:51 am
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    Thanks for the into. If I take pics on my camera stick my SD card into PC would it not try and upload all the new & old pics on the card? Even if they dont accept old ones onto Google Photos it would take ages and use upload data. I would also like to not have my name on link that I share but it seems as though Google does not have this option. I presume Picasa is not being supported now. I wish Google had sent a memo to all account holders not to bother with this programme. I live in Australia and I am not sure if authorities allow photo recognition but will try and work out. Yes good quality and like the format of having screen behind you as you talk. Would still prefer you fly over here and give me tips in person there is a free bed. Cheers

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  • May 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi Steve, great video as usual….I've been using GP for about a year and enjoy it as a simple automatic way to store my pictures & videos. I am trying to print pictures from my GP app within my gmail account and it appears that is not possible ? Perhaps you could enlighten me as this would seem to be a desired feature – Thanks ~ Bill ~

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  • June 3, 2016 at 1:38 am
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    first video of yours that I watched—great! I put Google Photos on all my devices—but then couldn't see phone photos on PC–wondered what was wrong…watched your video–and you explained that it takes some time for "sync" to take place–and sure enough, after watching your video, I went back and all photos from phone now visible on PC…you have an excellent way of explaining things–very clear, very understandable…I will definitely subscribe to your Youtube channel–and sign up for your newsletter…thanks for your great tech assistance—looking forward to getting caught up with all of your tech tutorials–Great Work!!!!

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  • June 14, 2016 at 6:16 am
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    We really dug your video. You should make many more

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  • July 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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    I am going crazy looking for something with face recognition. Apparently google photos does not provide this for people in UK but is available in US. I got like 20 thousand photos to organise and i just keep putting it off as i dont know where top begin. Allowing me to group by faces however would make it a tonne easier. i have tried to use face recognition on apple photos, it is quite frankly incompetent. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

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  • July 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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    But we pay more monthly or one time fee and have more storage or you have to pay monthly

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  • July 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    Hi Steve. Thanks for your informative videos, hints, and instructions. They've been an amazing help. I have an issue with Google Photos that maybe you can help with. I've been a Google Photos user since it came out (subsequent to Picasa) and since upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, I've realized Google Photos no longer stays in memory and no longer automatically backs up my photos when there is any change to the folder. I've tried to uninstall it and reinstall it and it looks good, but then disappears. Can you help point me to a resolution so I don't need to keep doing it manually to Google Photos? Thank you.

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  • August 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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    When using Google Photos is it possible to sort the photos in an album by 'most recent' first? (All of my albums show oldest first) If so, how? Thanks.

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  • August 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    How do I save save on my phone with this app?

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  • September 2, 2016 at 6:00 am
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    can the government see your google phone pictures

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  • October 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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    Hey, Steve do you see yourself doing another take on google photos. Grant this one cover a good amount.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm
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    But I don't like to grid in my Google Photos

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  • November 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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    I use it in my browser/safari in me and my grandma's iPad

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  • December 5, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    Is there a way to know what albums a photo is in? Other than searching each album.

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  • January 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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    hi
    how can post our pics in google like famous people ??

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  • January 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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    Great review! how do i log out of google photos on note 5

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  • February 7, 2017 at 3:48 am
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    Is there a way to set a password lock for Google Photos? (ie every time you try to open the app it asks for a password to access the photos).

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  • May 17, 2017 at 11:26 am
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    great video great info, but, my question is once all my photos are backed up, can i delete them from my phone memory so i can have more space, cos, the memory is getting full?????..

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  • May 31, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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    I had Google make a collage with music, but I cannot remember the name of it. Would you know? Thank you.

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  • July 3, 2017 at 1:46 am
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    Thanks for the info, helpful indeed

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  • August 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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    How do I upload or copy my photos on my PC to google photos

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  • September 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Why doesn't show movie option in my account in assistant ?

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  • September 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm
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    These google videos are so lame. This program does NOT sync to a pc "automatically". If it did none of these silly videos on YT would be there don't ya think? Unless you are using some cable or find the magical setting on your pc or phone, good luck making this POS program do even the most basic things. Its a scam to sell more cloud storage space and allow the government first crack at your photos.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    A persistent problem with googlePhotos across the years remains that some folks pics are out of sync with date… for example, my android device – no correct date sorted, iOS and windows, is ok… A good app spoilt by the omission of a simple option to, e.g. Sort by date taken (not modified/uploaded).

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  • November 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    Nice message

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  • April 11, 2018 at 11:28 am
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    My parsnal not sher Ashar potose sher please advice

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  • December 28, 2018 at 4:14 am
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    Thank

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  • January 5, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    Photos made from Google Photos can still be enlarged extremely large using the unlimited storage.

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